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How to Make a Pop-Up Card

This card idea is for a fresh floral fancy fold card with a POP!

How to Make a Pop-Up Card
How to Make a Pop-Up Card

Pop-up cards can be a lot of fun to give and to receive but can feel overwhelming to try and create on your own. Learn how to make a Pop-Up Card with this tutorial. Using the simple folded cube technique below, you can easily create a similar DIY card or create dozens of variations of your own everything from pop-up butterflies to pop-up t-rexes!

This 3D card tutorial features beautiful pink flowers popping out from the inside. It works for nearly all occasions so you will want to make a few while you're at it.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniquePaper Crafts

Project or Page SizeCard

Type of Paper UsedCardstock


Materials List


This tutorial was created using products from Tonic Studios.

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and then fold down the middle.

  2. Cut an extra piece of cardstock to 5" x 1".

  3. Mark at 1" increments and then fold to make an accordion shape as shown in the second image below.

  4. Adhere one of the folded sections to the bottom middle of the top portion of the inside of the card.

    Note: If you are going to add in a fun patterned paper background, do this now or you will end up having to remove this later (second image below) to put it on when you are done.

  5. Fold the rest of the piece to be a box, adhering the last panel to the first.

  6. Adhere the bottom of the cube to the top middle portion of the bottom half of the card as shown below. 

  7. Cut a fun patterned paper square (approx. 2-1/2" x 2-1/2") and adhere to the front of the square box. This will be the base to work from for the pop-up.

  8. Using your knife and craft mat, cut 4 flowers and 4 leaves from the floral patterned paper. 

  9. Adhere 3 of the flowers to scraps of the cardstock (the scraps will resemble stems).

  10. Adhere the flowers to the back of the base, hiding the strips of cardstock behind the patterned square, turning it into a vase. Add the leaves as desired.

  11. Stamp a "hello" sentiment or sentiment of choice onto patterned paper.

  12. Cut it with paper trimmer to look like a mini flag and then adhere to the vase.

  13. Cut and insert patterned paper for which to write your inside card message if desired.

  14. Cut paper for the front panels, then layer and adhere as shown below.

  15. Take the floral tools and add dimension to the remaining flower and leaves you had cut out.

  16. Adhere your flower and leaves to the front of the handmade card.

  17. You are finished! Admire and test out your finished DIY 3D card.

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